CORNWALL, Ontario – Six local bands and performers were set to take the stage as part of the sixth annual Jamming for Hospice on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The evening of fun and fundraising was held from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Agora Centre.
Tickets were $25 for food and entertainment, and various silent auction items were available to bid on.
Subtle, Vince Morin, members of the Glengarry Ramblers, New Folkies, Loft II and Trevor Walsh were the acts set to grace the stage.
Patti Edwards, founder of Jamming for Hospice, explained that she started the event in 2012 when a close friend of hers, Paul Herrington, was sick and missing jamming with his friends Ed Lauzon, Trevor Walsh and Paul Deslauriers. A few months later the event came to fruition. Although Herrington was unable to play with his friends who were unavailable, other individuals stepped up to take their place. Herrington passed away a month later.
“We’re here to celebrate life because that’s what people should do,” said Edwards, who feels that it is very important to have an organization like Hospice in the community.
Edwards said the event wouldn’t be possible without all the volunteers and sponsors, especially Farm Boy who donated fresh food for dinner and staff of the Glengarrian Pub who were going to cook and serve the meals.
To date, $25,000 has been raised from the event. Edwards is hoping to continue to raise funds and support Hospice.
“We appreciate that we have a Hospice because not every community has one,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place…you have to appreciate how wonderful it is.”